The south is full of mystery, ghosts and a lot of great stories. As October and Halloween roll around it is time to start exploring the ghost stories that fill the southern towns we love. Beware, we have compiled a list of some of the most haunted places in the South.
10. Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn.
Most commonly known as the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium is also home to multiple ghost sightings.
Captain Thomas G. Ryman opened the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892, intending it to be used for religious activities. After his death in 1904, the building quickly became an entertainment venue and apparently the captain liked to make his presence known after any show that did not meet his approval.
There are also reports of Hank Williams Sr. making ghostly appearances onstage and backstage at this famous country music venue.
9. The Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, La.
This nearly 300-year-old home, built in 1796, looks like a beautiful antebellum house during the day and your worst nightmare at night.
The haunted history of this house stems from a 1992 insurance company visit. The company needed photos of the property and in one of the photos a young girl appeared. That might sound normal, but this girl wasn’t there when the photo was taken.
A couple young girls have been spotted drifting around the plantation as the sun goes down each month.
8. Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, Ala.
The former mining town, Sloss Furnaces is a not-so-friendly reminder that Birmingham used to be a town mined for iron.
In 1882, when James “Slag” Wormwood presided over Sloss and labor laws did not exists, temperatures working in the furnace exceeded 100 degrees and was compared to hell on earth.
Allegedly, Slag didn’t help with the miserable conditions and made his employees do unsafe things causing 47 men to die under his command. One day Slag – for reasons still unknown today – slipped and fell into the iron ore.
Slag hasn’t given up command that easily and has decided to stick around, along with many other ghosts, playing with machinery and haunting.
7. The Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas
Opened in 1886 by Civil War Colonel Jesse Driskill, in the heart of Austin, Texas, the compulsive gambler lost the hotel in a high-stakes poker game the following year. In 1890 Driskill died and is believed to haunt the hotel to this day.
It is said he makes himself known by the scent of cigar smoke and the occasional appearance in a guest’s room.
6. Kennesaw House, Marietta, Ga.
Once a hospital and now a museum, The Kennesaw House was once home to wounded Confederate soldiers, many of whom are still believed to haunt the place. The building is located next to the railroad tracks and right next door to the Marietta Welcome Center, allowing for stories of the past to fill the streets of the downtown Marietta area.
Originally built in the 1840s as a cotton warehouse, was turned into a restaurant to serve the railroad passengers before being purchased by the Fletchers and turned into an inn. Mr. Fletcher was known as a Union sympathizer and the location is said to have served as home for Union soldiers and spies.
The majority of the ghostly activity stems from the building’s stent as a makeshift hospital and morgue during the war. There have been stories of soldiers laying in hospital beds to this day and Civil War-era surgeons, dressed in uniform, riding in the elevators.
5. Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Ky.
Obviously we had to include a sanatorium to our list.
Said to be one of the most haunted places on Earth, Waverly has paranormal activity happening on a regular basis. What used to be a tuberculosis sanatorium, as well as a nursing home for the elderly and mentally handicapped, it is estimated that thousands have died in the building, with their spirits lingering behind.
The gothic style building, built in 1926, remains standing on Waverly Hill. It could accommodate more than 400 patients and was considered one of the most modern and well-equipped facilities at the time.
4. Cedar Grove Mansion, Vicksburg, Miss.
John Alexander Klein gave Cedar Grove Hall to his wife Elizabeth Bartley Day as a wedding present. The finishing touches were completed in 1852. John and Elizabeth had 10 children in the home, three of which died.
During the Civil War, John fought on the side of the south and the inevitable Union attack from the Yazoo River left and embedded cannon ball in the parlor wall of the home. Elizabeth, who was related to General Sherman, was moved to the Union side during the siege of Vicksburg so she could safely give birth to her son. Cedar Grove Hall was turned into a Union hospital, giving it further protection.
Several members of the Klein family have moved back into the house and are willing to share it with the living. The sounds of children playing, babies crying and other mysterious happenings can be found throughout the house.
3. Brown Mountain Lights, Burke and Caldwell Counties, N.C.
One of the nation’s greatest mysteries, the Brown Mountain Lights are a series of glowing orbs seen across the mountain and into the valley below. Investigators have trouble explaining their origin, but some believe the lights are the spirits of Native Americans.
2. Old Charleston Jail, Charleston, S.C.
Opened in 1802 and closed in 1939, the Old Charleston Jail was home to many infamous prisoners, including the country’s first female serial killer, Lavinia Fisher. During her execution, Lavinia addressed the crowd and said “If any of you have a message for the devil, tell me now – for I will be seeing him soon,” before jumping off the stage and hanging herself. Lavinia was buried in a Potter’s Field near the jail.
It’s said that she, along with other deceased criminals, still haunts the building today. Apparitions, voices, misty orbs, as well as moving and disappearing objects are the norm for this spooky South Carolina location.
1. Loretta Lynn Plantation House, Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Today, the town of Hurricane Mills is known for being the home of the “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, but the town also has a storied past that dates back to the Civil War.
On July 22, 1863, a battle took place on the land surrounding the home, resulting in the death of 19 soldiers. A couple years after the battle, local plantation owner James T. Anderson built the mansion pictured above. In 1996, Loretta and Mooney Lynn fell in love with the house and bought it.
While it may be one of the Top 10 tourist attractions in the state of Tennessee, people say it’s haunted. Loretta Lynn and her children have reportedly seen multiple ghosts inside the home. Ghosts include James T. Anderson, the ghost of a lady who died while giving birth and Civil War soldiers.